Calling All Fashion Revolutionaries!2 years ago
In November, Fashion Revolution will travel far and wide across 5 UK universities to galvanise student support over pressing issues regarding sustainable practices in the fashion industry, hoping to engage young individuals and the student community to become an active and creative part of a global movement, looking for solutions and hoping to start a long term conversation that will redefine the way we look at the clothes we wear.
The Arts and Speaker Tour will focus on different thematic areas impacting the fashion supply chain in the global south at each event. Topics will include inequality and human rights; the role of women and girls in the fashion supply chain; climate change, including water, chemicals, carbon footprint; decent jobs and sustainable livelihoods.
The programme will include an overview of the European Year of Development’s 2015 programme, which will inform the panel discussions, ideas about how to get involved in Fashion Revolution, and ways to inspire young people to take part and design a new future.
Each event will include inspiring documentary film screenings (The True Cost, Traceable and Udita), a panel discussion and a photographic exhibition on the subject of sustainability in fashion and the important role of development cooperation in the textile and fashion industry.
Exciting and compelling new images for Fashion Revolution by fashion photographer Stephanie Sian Smith and styled by Novel beings on the theme of #whomademyclothes will encourage attendees to think differently about the clothes they chose. The exhibition will also include images of garment workers saying ‘I Made Your Clothes’, as well as photographs of celebrities and key opinion formers in fashion to ensure that the visual link between makers and wearers will follow the thread between fashion lovers and the people who make the clothes we buy.
With the new global developments goals hot off the press, 2015 is decisive year when we can make our mark on history and young people’s voices need to be heard. We want the Arts and Speakers Tour discussions to be inclusive, encouraging the audience to suggest ways in which they and their peers can help to bring about much needed change within the global arena.
Young people will inherit this planet, and fostering a sense of ownership and the permission to become agents for change will go a long way towards showing brands and governments that changes matter, that fashion can be a key instrument for positive action, leading the way to a more transparent approach.
Nietzsche said “Invisible threads are the strongest ties”, and connecting young people to the people who make their clothes is the first step towards creating relevant, life changing and enriching new human connections.
By Orsola de Castro, Co-Founder of Fashion Revolution on behalf of the Arts and Speakers Tour 2015.
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